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'Genericide' and plastic product trademarks

By  Don Loepp    |    July 21, 2014 10:52 am ET    |   Comments

Covering the plastics industry, we're constantly interviewing sources who talk about products using the trademarked names.


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Great idea: Family Day at the factory

July 10, 2014 12:14 pm ET    |   Comments

I have fond memories of seeing my parents on the job. The experience gave me a different angle on their lives, and it reinforced my own attitude on the importance of work.

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At the Arburg Family Day, children had the opportunity to assemble toy buggies that were molded in various colors.

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Great moments in plastics inventions: the pool noodle

July 8, 2014 10:44 am ET    |   Comments

Next time you're picking up some pool noodles for an outing to the pool or the lake, thank the Hartman family and Industrial Thermo Polymers Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario, who invented the noodle almost by accident.

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Pool noodle

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Congrats to the Entrepreneur of the Year winners with plastics connections

By  Don Loepp    |    July 7, 2014 5:29 pm ET    |   Comments

At least two plastics executives are among the honorees in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Awards.


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Tubing extruder hosts local politician to discuss ESOP benefits

By  Don Loepp    |    June 30, 2014 3:38 pm ET    |   Comments

NewAge Industries Inc. recently hosted Pennsylvania State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf for a visit to its Southampton, Pa., headquarters.

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State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf tours NewAge Industries Inc.

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Slicing and dicing the data from our injection molders ranking

By  Don Loepp    |    June 23, 2014 1:15 pm ET    |   Comments

Last week I shared some information with readers courtesy of our 2014 ranking of the top 100 North American Injection Molders. Now that we've published our complete ranking with information on an additional 467 companies, let's take another peek behind the data

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MAPP planning wage and salary survey

By  Don Loepp    |    June 17, 2014 2:34 pm ET    |   Comments

The Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) recently sent out its 2014 MAPP wage and salary survey to member and non-member plastics companies requesting their participation.

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Who's new to our list of Top 100 injection molders?

By  Don Loepp    |    June 16, 2014 8:47 am ET    |   Comments

This week Plastics News publishes our annual ranking of the top 100 North American injection molders. 102 companies make up the top 100 as four firms tied at $60 million. This year, the cutoff for making the top 100 was 20 percent higher than the 4-year run we've had at $50 million.

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Lions and tigers and plastics

By  Don Loepp    |    June 12, 2014 1:16 pm ET    |   Comments

In Mexico City, the the capital’s legislative assembly has voted to ban the use of animals, from tigers and lions to horses and dogs, at all circus performances in the city within a year. What does this have to do with plastics? A great deal, according to Eduardo de la Tijera Coeto.

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Would you like a side of fries with that headliner?

By  Don Loepp    |    June 11, 2014 9:08 am ET    |   Comments

The food jokes almost write themselves when it comes to the news that Ford Motor Co. is working with H.J. Heinz Co. to develop a bioplastic made from tomato fiber for use in automotive applications.

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Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

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Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

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2014 Injection Molding Industry Report


In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

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